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among working-class Mexican families. Gender, culture, and ethnicity in-
cludes both quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Independent segments of the book have also been dedicated to a
discussion of childhood, adolescence, early adulthood, and late adulthood.
In her article, ‘‘Aging Minority Women,’’ Padgett discusses resilience and
adaptive functioning among older women of color, exploring how they
thrive despite being ‘‘old, poor, female, and of minority status’’ (p. 174).
On the other end of the life course continuum, Phyllis Bronstien explores
the behaviors of Mexican parents toward their children. Results are com-
pared with those represented in literature on American families. The author
stresses the importance of conducting research within multiple contexts
prior to the assumption of universal behaviors. While the implications of
these ﬁndings are not discussed, they would undoubtedly provide the basis
for an interesting classroom discussion.
Overall, both books represent excellent teaching tools either as com-
panion volumes or on their own. The articles in Gender, culture and ethnicity
seem most appropriate for a student readership. The articles in Race, class,
and gender will undoubtedly serve as an excellent resource for professionals
striving to incorporate issues central to culture, class, and gender into their
own practice or research.
While both books use the term ‘‘gender’’ in their titles, each volume
includes only one article completely devoted to considering the male experi-
ence. True, much theory and research up to the present has been generated
from a male perspective. However, the feminist understanding of gender
as a social construction can undoubtedly inform ideas related to men as it
has women. As interest in the psychology of men continues to develop,
perhaps more research in this area may be anticipated in future volumes.
Krista Maywalt Ham
University of Michigan
Without Child. Laurie Lisle, New York: Routledge, 1996, 245 pp., $15.99
In this book Laurie Lisle provides an in-depth analysis of women without
children. In doing so, she questions the utility of the terms most often
used to refer to women without children, such as childless and childfree,
suggesting that these terms do little to describe the entire experience of
these women. Her call for the use of more appropriate terminology in
describing these women should generate much-needed dialogue and should